Sakena Yacoobi: How I stopped the Taliban from shutting down my school

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Sakena Yacoobi: How I stopped the Taliban from shutting down my school

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Readability: 2.4


When the Taliban closed all the girls' schools in Afghanistan, Sakena Yacoobi set up new schools, in secret, educating thousands of women and men. In this fierce, funny talk, she tells the jaw-dropping story of two times when she was threatened to stop teaching -- and shares her vision for rebuilding her beloved country.

Frances Larson: Why public beheadings get millions of views

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Frances Larson: Why public beheadings get millions of views

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Readability: 4.9


In a disturbing — but fascinating — walk through history, Frances Larson examines humanity's strange relationship with public executions … and specifically beheadings. As she shows us, they have always drawn a crowd, first in the public square and now on YouTube. What makes them horrific and compelling in equal measure?

Mac Stone: Stunning photos of the endangered Everglades

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Mac Stone: Stunning photos of the endangered Everglades

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Readability: 4.1


For centuries, people have viewed swamps and wetlands as obstacles to avoid. But for photographer Mac Stone, who documents the stories of wildlife in Florida's Everglades, the swamp isn't a hindrance — it's a national treasure. Through his stunning photographs, Stone shines a new light on a neglected, ancient and important wilderness. His message: get out and experience it for yourself. "Just do it — put your feet in the water," he says. "The swamp will change you, I promise."

Taiye Selasi: Don't ask where I'm from, ask where I'm a local

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Taiye Selasi: Don't ask where I'm from, ask where I'm a local

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Readability: 4.9


When someone asks you where you're from … do you sometimes not know how to answer? Writer Taiye Selasi speaks on behalf of "multi-local" people, who feel at home in the town where they grew up, the city they live now and maybe another place or two. "How can I come from a country?" she asks. "How can a human being come from a concept?"

Scott Dinsmore: How to find work you love

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Scott Dinsmore: How to find work you love

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Readability: 3.1


Scott Dinsmore quit a job that made him miserable, and spent the next four years wondering how to find work that was joyful and meaningful. He shares what he learned in this deceptively simple talk about finding out what matters to you — and then getting started doing it.

Mary Robinson: Why climate change is a threat to human rights

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Mary Robinson: Why climate change is a threat to human rights

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Readability: 4.5


Climate change is unfair. While rich countries can fight against rising oceans and dying farm fields, poor people around the world are already having their lives upended -- and their human rights threatened -- by killer storms, starvation and the loss of their own lands. Mary Robinson asks us to join the movement for worldwide climate justice.

Mandy Len Catron: Falling in love is the easy part

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Mandy Len Catron: Falling in love is the easy part

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Readability: 3.5


Did you know you can fall in love with anyone just by asking them 36 questions? Mandy Len Catron tried this experiment, it worked, and she wrote a viral article about it (that your mom probably sent you). But … is that real love? Did it last? And what’s the difference between falling in love and staying in love?

Mia Birdsong: The story we tell about poverty isn't true

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Mia Birdsong: The story we tell about poverty isn't true

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Readability: 4


As a global community, we all want to end poverty. Mia Birdsong suggests a great place to start: Let's honor the skills, drive and initiative that poor people bring to the struggle every day. She asks us to look again at people in poverty: They may be broke — but they're not broken.

David Rothkopf: How fear drives American politics

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David Rothkopf: How fear drives American politics

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Readability: 4


Does it seem like Washington has no new ideas? Instead of looking to build the future, it sometimes feels like the US political establishment happily retreats into fear and willful ignorance. Journalist David Rothkopf lays out a few of the major issues that US leadership is failing to address -- from cybercrime to world-shaking new tech to the reality of modern total war -- and calls for a new vision that sets fear aside.

BJ Miller: What really matters at the end of life

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BJ Miller: What really matters at the end of life

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Readability: 3.9


At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? For many, it's simply comfort, respect, love. BJ Miller is a hospice and palliative medicine physician who thinks deeply about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for his patients. Take the time to savor this moving talk, which asks big questions about how we think on death and honor life.

Jim Simons: The mathematician who cracked Wall Street

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Jim Simons: The mathematician who cracked Wall Street

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Readability: 4


Jim Simons was a mathematician and cryptographer who realized: the complex math he used to break codes could help explain patterns in the world of finance. Billions later, he's working to support the next generation of math teachers and scholars. TED's Chris Anderson sits down with Simons to talk about his extraordinary life in numbers.

Yves Morieux: How too many rules at work keep you from getting things done

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Yves Morieux: How too many rules at work keep you from getting things done

1,944,485 views

Readability: 4.5


Modern work -- from waiting tables to crunching numbers to designing products -- is about solving brand-new problems every day, flexibly and collaboratively. But as Yves Morieux shows in this insightful talk, too often, an overload of rules, processes and metrics keeps us from doing our best work together. Meet the new frontier of productivity: cooperation.

Wendy Freedman: This telescope might show us the beginning of the universe

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Wendy Freedman: This telescope might show us the beginning of the universe

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Readability: 4.2


When and how did the universe begin? A global group of astronomers wants to answer that question by peering as far back in time as a large new telescope will let us see. Wendy Freedman headed the creation of the Giant Magellan Telescope, under construction in South America; at TEDGlobal in Rio, she shares a bold vision of the discoveries about our universe that the GMT could make possible.

Dustin Yellin: A journey through the mind of an artist

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Dustin Yellin: A journey through the mind of an artist

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Readability: 3.4


Dustin Yellin makes mesmerizing artwork that tells complex, myth-inspired stories. How did he develop his style? In this disarming talk, he shares the journey of an artist -- starting from age 8 -- and his idiosyncratic way of thinking and seeing. Follow the path that leads him up to his latest major work (or two).

Robin Murphy: These robots come to the rescue after a disaster

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Robin Murphy: These robots come to the rescue after a disaster

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Readability: 4.3


When disaster strikes, who's first on the scene? More and more, it’s a robot. In her lab, Robin Murphy builds robots that fly, tunnel, swim and crawl through disaster scenes, helping firefighters and rescue workers save more lives safely -- and help communities return to normal up to three years faster.

Jim Al-Khalili: How quantum biology might explain life’s biggest questions

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Jim Al-Khalili: How quantum biology might explain life’s biggest questions

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Readability: 4.9


How does a robin know to fly south? The answer might be weirder than you think: Quantum physics may be involved. Jim Al-Khalili rounds up the extremely new, extremely strange world of quantum biology, where something Einstein once called “spooky action at a distance” helps birds navigate, and quantum effects might explain the origin of life itself.

Christopher Soghoian: How to avoid surveillance ... with the phone in your pocket

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Christopher Soghoian: How to avoid surveillance ... with the phone in your pocket

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Readability: 4.6


Who is listening in on your phone calls? On a landline, it could be anyone, says privacy activist Christopher Soghoian, because surveillance backdoors are built into the phone system by default, to allow governments to listen in. But then again, so could a foreign intelligence service ... or a criminal. Which is why, says Soghoian, some tech companies are resisting governments' call to build the same backdoors into mobile phones and new messaging systems. From this TED Fellow, learn how some tech companies are working to keep your calls and messages private.

Patience Mthunzi: Could we cure HIV with lasers?

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Patience Mthunzi: Could we cure HIV with lasers?

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Readability: 5.2


Swallowing pills to get medication is a quick, painless and often not entirely effective way of treating disease. A potentially better way? Lasers. In this passionate talk, TED Fellow Patience Mthunzi explains her idea to use lasers to deliver drugs directly to cells infected with HIV. It's early days yet, but could a cure be on the horizon?

Elizabeth Nyamayaro: An invitation to men who want a better world for women

TEDWomen 2015

Elizabeth Nyamayaro: An invitation to men who want a better world for women

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Readability: 4.2


Around the world, women still struggle for equality in basic matters like access to education, equal pay and the right to vote. But how to enlist everyone, men and women, as allies for change? Meet Elizabeth Nyamayaro, head of UN Women's HeForShe initiative, which has created more than 2.4 billion social media conversations about a more equal world. She invites us all to join in as allies in our shared humanity.

Alix Generous: How I learned to communicate my inner life with Asperger's

TEDWomen 2015

Alix Generous: How I learned to communicate my inner life with Asperger's

1,696,529 views

Readability: 4.6


Alix Generous is a young woman with a million and one ideas -- she's done award-winning science, helped develop new technology and tells a darn good joke (you'll see). She has Asperger's, a form of autistic spectrum disorder that can impair the basic social skills required for communication, and she's worked hard for years to learn how to share her thoughts with the world. In this funny, personal talk, she shares her story -- and her vision for tools to help more people communicate their big ideas.

Benedetta Berti: The surprising way groups like ISIS stay in power

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Benedetta Berti: The surprising way groups like ISIS stay in power

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Readability: 4.9


ISIS, Hezbollah, Hamas. These three very different groups are known for violence — but that’s only a portion of what they do, says policy analyst Benedetta Berti. They also attempt to win over populations with social work: setting up schools and hospitals, offering safety and security, and filling the gaps left by weak governments. Understanding the broader work of these groups suggests new strategies for ending the violence.

Rich Benjamin: My road trip through the whitest towns in America

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Rich Benjamin: My road trip through the whitest towns in America

2,127,167 views

Readability: 4.7


As America becomes more and more multicultural, Rich Benjamin noticed a phenomenon: Some communities were actually getting less diverse. So he got out a map, found the whitest towns in the USA -- and moved in. In this funny, honest, human talk, he shares what he learned as a black man in Whitopia.

Yuval Noah Harari: What explains the rise of humans?

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Yuval Noah Harari: What explains the rise of humans?

2,986,542 views

Readability: 4.3


Seventy thousand years ago, our human ancestors were insignificant animals, just minding their own business in a corner of Africa with all the other animals. But now, few would disagree that humans dominate planet Earth; we've spread to every continent, and our actions determine the fate of other animals (and possibly Earth itself). How did we get from there to here? Historian Yuval Noah Harari suggests a surprising reason for the rise of humanity.